Telling the stories that the mainstream media no longer tell.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 14 other subscribers

Archives

Categories

Follow me on Twitter

June 2017
M T W T F S S
« Mar    
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  

Obama’s War on History

Philadelphia-LancasterTurnpikeThere are a number of things about Obama that bug me. Foremost that he’s president–but that’s not really his fault, is it?

But what perhaps bugs me the most is his ongoing War on History–constantly distorting and twisting and misinterpreting it. And usually to distort the importance of government.

Take a listen: I Spy Minute for Tuesday Jan 22, 2013. Or read the transcript, below…

@iSpyRadioShow #iSpyMin

 

#       #        #

Obama has a war on history—constantly distorting government’s role and importance.

Like this from his 2nd inaugural speech:

“Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce.”

Actually, railroads were originally built by private industry—entrepreneurs who took great financial risk. It was only after the entrepreneurs proved their value that the government came along.

The same for highways. The best roads were built and paid for by private companies who then charged tolls to use them.

The Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike was the first in 1792. From 1800 to 1830, private industry built more than 10,000 miles of roads. Relatively speaking, it was a larger effort than Eisenhower’s interstate system.

After the competition of railroads and steamboats, they shut down less profitable roads or turned them over to the government.

Government is not the answer. Let’s remember, King George had a highly efficient government and we threw that off. That is our history.

Similar posts

1 Comment

  1. skinnercitycyclist's Gravatar skinnercitycyclist
    February 23, 2013    

    Government was certainly the answer when it came to transportation. Sure, private railroads laid the rails, but with massive land grants from public lands by the federal government. And when the president refers to roads, he undoubtedly means the interstate highway system, built and (these days barely) maintained by the federal government. And in case you missed it, the Constitution specifically mandates the federal building and maintenance of roads (Art I, Sec 8). The interpretation of that has evolved over the years, but the original framers of the constitution obviously had a federal role in such in mind.

This site sponsored by:

YOU! Your message could reach thousands of online consumers. Click CONTACT to inquire about advertising rates.

Paid advertisement

  • Hirst could be the tipping point for state’s endangered rural Democrats June 22, 2017
    For all the enthusiasm I hear from my party about saving endangered species, I wish there was a little more sympathy for the most endangered creature of all – the Democrat who represents a rural district. There aren’t many of us left, and the way things are going this year, our line may die out […]
  • Budget stalemate puts state’s financial reputation at risk June 21, 2017
    It takes a lot of time and dedication to build a good reputation but it takes only one bad choice to destroy it in an instant. As state treasurer, I carry this lesson with me every day as I work with other state officials and dedicated treasury staff to manage our state’s finances in a […]
  • Wire Poll on Mayor Race, Re-Wire Policy Conference, Government shutdown June 21, 2017
    We have poll results out from our first Wire Poll, and some suggested topics to share for this fall’s first Re-Wire Policy Conference. So, while summer is just days away, we’ve got a few things we think are worth keeping your eye on as you find time to hit the beach and mountains this season. […]
  • Saving Energy While Liberating the Poor June 26, 2017
    Last week, the Antiplanner argued that transit is going extinct and, rather than fight this trend, regional officials should find ways to smooth the transition. One way of doing so is to improve the mobility of low-income workers. Transit advocates love to use phrases like oil dependency and auto dependency to suggest that automobiles are […]
  • New Driving Data June 23, 2017
    The Federal Highway Administration has just released urban highway statistics for 2015, including the miles of roads and daily vehicle miles of driving by road type and “selected characteristics” for each urban area, including population, land area, freeway lane miles, and similar information. These data are quite useful as they allow interregional comparisons as well […]
  • The Transit Apocalypse June 22, 2017
    With declining ridership, growing costs, and increasing competition, the nation’s transit industry is on the verge of complete collapse. The trends leading to this collapse appear to be permanent, yet transit officials across the country are pretending they are only temporary. Instead of preparing for the collapse, they are simply seeking more subsidies. The Antiplanner […]